October 2014

UNT College of Music acquires collection of Grammy-winning vocalist and vocal arranger Gene Puerling


Maristella Feustle, Music Librarian (L), Jennifer Barnes, Director of Vocal Jazz (R). Photo by Ahna Hubnik/URCM. Click to view larger image.

Terence Sun to start jazz program in China

Kenneth Prouty, Aaron West, Paul Engle, and Mark Breckenridge in Jazz Perspectives

Three UNT alumni are involved in the current issue of Jazz Perspectives, a top academic journal in jazz studies. Kenneth Prouty (M.M. in Jazz Studies, 1997) has been named editor-in-chief. In volume 8, issue 1, the first issue produced under Prouty's editorship, Aaron West (M.M. in Jazz Studies, 1997; Ph.D. in Musicology, 2008) has a review of Peter Elsdon's book on Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert, and Paul Engle (M.S.

Armando Núñez Portillo directs the IV Festival de Jazz Chihuahua,

UNT jazz studies master's alumnus Armando Núñez Portillo is the artistic director of the IV Festival de Jazz Chihuahua, Mexico.
Armando writes, "This year’s edition has UNT representation again. Pianist Roberto Verástegui is performing with his own trio, sax player Gil Del Bosque is performing with the Pete Rodriguez Quintet, and I am too performing with my band."

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Ron Smart donates Fender bass


Ron Smart donated a 1973 Fender Precision bass to our program this week. He bought it in the summer of 1973 at Strait Music Co. in Austin. Thanks to Ron for his generosity and for driving to campus from his home in Granbury, TX to make the donation.

Jimin Lee 's new CD


Jimin Lee, vocalist-composer and recent UNT graduate, released a debut album Lasting Fragments. She’s joined on the CD by Addison Frei, piano; Ronan Delisle, guitar; Young Heo, bass; Matt Young, drums; Nick Salvucci, tenor saxophone; and Gabby Byrd, Marion Powers, Jordan Coffing, voice. It’s available at CD Baby and Bandcamp.
http://jiminleemusic.com/
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jiminlee2

Mike Steinel profiled

Mike Steinel is profiled in the Denton Record-Chronicle on the topic of helping in his wife's fight against breast cancer.